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Madonna: La Isla Bonita (1987) HD online
Language: English
Category: Creative Work / Short / Music
Original Title: Madonna: La Isla Bonita
Director: Mary Lambert
Released: 1987
Duration: 4min
Video type: Creative Work
The video starts with showing a number of Latin people dancing in a Spanish barrio as Madonna watches them from her window. She plays two different characters in the video: a boyishly-dressed Catholic woman and a colorful Flamenco dancer. The characters are quite opposite in their portrayal, which is emphasized by two opposing settings for the characters. Firstly, the video shows a sparsely decorated room with an altar and pictures of Hispanic people on the wall. Madonna plays a pale-looking, pious young woman wearing a white petticoat and her short hair brushed back. She sheds tears in her room and reluctantly ignores the invitation of the Latinos in the street to join them.
Credited cast:
Madonna Madonna - Madonna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benicio Del Toro Benicio Del Toro - Kid Sitting on Car

Benicio del Toro appeared on the video as a background character, portraying a teenager sitting on a car hood.

The instrumental version of the song was first offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna both accepted it and wrote the lyrics and melody.

It became Madonna's fourth number-one single in the United Kingdom, giving her the record for most number-one singles for a female artist.

The Latin style and the flamenco red dress she wore became a trend later.

The song is one of the most performed live songs by Madonna, appearing in six of her world tours, the most recent being on the Rebel Heart Tour (2015-16).

The song has been covered by a number of artists including Mexican recording artist Byanka (1988) and French recording artist Alizée (2008).

The phrase "La Isla Bonita" translates to "The Beautiful Island" in English.

It became the 11th consecutive top-five hit for Madonna, a feat surpassed only by the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Madonna became the female artist with the most number-one singles in the British chart history-a record that has since been maintained by Madonna.

"La Isla Bonita" remains Madonna's best-selling single in France, selling over 771,000 copies.

The video first appeared on MTV on March 6, 1987 and became the most requested video in the channel history by a record-breaking 20 consecutive weeks.

Madonna and Patrick Leonard co-wrote and co-produced the song, and Bruce Gaitsch provided additional songwriting.

Sire Records released it as the album's final single on February 25, 1987.

"La Isla Bonita" is noted for being the first Madonna song to contain Latino influences, with arrangements of Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas, harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming.

The lyrics of the song tell about a beautiful island and according to Madonna, was a tribute to the beauty of the Latin people.

The track additionally topped the charts in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, and Switzerland while reaching the top five in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

Madonna has regularly performed the song in its Spanish form, sometimes with tribal or folk songs and remixes to accompany it.

The song was previously written as a lament for the town of San Pedro in the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize and was offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album, who, according to Gaitsch, turned it down.

While working with Leonard on the True Blue album, Madonna accepted it in Jackson's place and wrote the song's lyrics and melody, thus earning herself a co-writing credit.

The song is written in the key of C minor and is set in the time signature of common time like most pop songs, moving at a moderate tempo of 95 beats per minute.

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly compared the song with the moves of Carmen Miranda on MTV.

Rikky Rooksby, in his book The Complete Guide to the Music of Madonna called the song "a little escapism".

Jon Pareles of The New York Times said that "La Isla Bonita" was one of Madonna's "friendlier" love songs.

Don McLeese of the Chicago Sun-Times believed that the song was the best song on the album, as well as the most memorable.

"La Isla Bonita" debuted at number 49 and reached a peak of number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1987.

The song was Madonna's second number one single on the Adult Contemporary chart, following 1986's "Live to Tell".

The single also found success on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart, where it peaked at number one.

In Canada, the song debuted at number 74 for the issue dated April 4, 1987 and reached the top of the chart in its tenth week on the issue dated June 6, 1987, remaining on the chart for 25 weeks.

In the United Kingdom, "La Isla Bonita" topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, giving Madonna her fourth number-one single on the chart.

The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipment of 250,000 copies of the single.

According to the Official Charts Company, the song has sold 435,000 copies in the UK.

"La Isla Bonita" was Madonna's first number one song in France, where it spent three weeks at the top spot in July 1987.

It was certified gold by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for shipment of 500,000 copies.

Across Europe, it became her fourth number one hit from True Blue, topping the Eurochart Hot 100 for three weeks in 1987.

The song also peaked atop the charts in Switzerland, Belgium and Austria along with reaching the top-five in Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, and the top-ten in Spain.

The music video was set in Los Angeles and was directed by Mary Lambert, who directed a number of Madonna's 1980s videos, including those for "Borderline", "Like a Virgin" and "Like a Prayer".

The music video was critically appreciated in many quarters for its utilization of Hispanic fashion as an icon of beauty and romanticism.

Madonna's Spanish look in the video became popular and appeared in the fashion trends at that time in the form of boleros and layered skirts accessorizing with rosary beads and crucifix like the video.

The song was sampled by rapper Black Rob, in his 1999 song "Spanish Fly" (included in his Life Story album) featuring Jennifer Lopez.

In 2004, rapper Mase sampled and interpolated it for his song "My Harlem Lullaby".